The Right Amount of Water
Drinking the right amount of water each day has many health benefits including more energy and better skin. However, many people are confused about how much water we should actually be drinking. That is probably because we have heard everything from 8 cups a day to a gallon a day! Luckily, Mayo Clinic did some research and clarified just how much water we need for our bodies to stay healthy. On average, an adult male needs 13 cups of water a day and an adult female needs 9 cups.
- Excising requires you to drink more water to compensate for fluid loss. An extra 1.5 to 2.5 cups of water for short workouts, and up to 12 cups for long, strenuous workouts. Sports drinks are also a good option to replace sodium lost in sweat.
- The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about 10 cups (2.3 liters) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume about 13 cups (3.1 liters ) of fluids a day.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to help you reach your water goal. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are 90 percent or more water by weight.
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